Fodor's Expert Review Las Palomas

460 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, USA See on Map

It's a pleasant eight-minute walk west of the Plaza to reach this group of properties consisting of a few historic, luxurious compounds, one of them Spanish Pueblo–style adobe, another done in the Territorial style, and others ranging from rooms in renovated Victorian houses to contemporary condos with up to three bedrooms. A network of brick paths shaded by mature trees leads through these properties, connecting them with secluded courtyards and flower gardens. It's an elegant alternative to the city's upscale full-service hotels, affording guests a bit more privacy and the feel of a private cottage rental—though it is managed by the Hotel Santa Fe and, by extension, the Picuris Pueblo tribe.


Accommodations at Las Palomas share a consistently stylish, Southwestern aesthetic, and all are outfitted with either gas or wood-burning fireplaces, microwaves, refrigerators, handcrafted furnishings, hand-woven rugs, flat-screen TVs, and well-curated artwork. But in size and configuration, they vary greatly. Even the smallest studio units are quite roomy and have separate sitting areas, while in the largest casitas you can kick back and spread out in a large living room. Many rooms have private or shared patios and decks. And larger condo units have full kitchens.


Depending on the type of room you book, your bathroom could be relatively compact with a simple combination shower-tub or more spacious with a walk-in glass-door shower or deep soaking tub. As with the living and sleeping areas, the bathrooms abound with sophisticated Southwestern touches, including Talavera-tile counters and walls, Saltillo tile floors, All bathrooms come with eco-friendly Natura soaps and bath products, and they're all outfitted with top-of-the-line towels.


In the warmly decorated lobby, which is brightened by several large skylights, you can enjoy a complimentary full buffet breakfast in the morning and fresh coffee throughout the day, including fresh-baked cookies in the afternoon. There are also a number of inviting outdoor seating areas throughout the property.


For a relatively small property, Las Palomas has a very nice little gym with a treadmill, a couple of other cardio machines, and both free weights and resistance equipment.

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There's no restaurant, but rates include an extensive breakfast buffet that includes a number of hot items, including made-to-order omelets and waffles.

Photo: A tree grows in the breakfast room at Las Palomas, and freshly baked muffins served warm in the tin ... one guest stayed at the Inn for 2 years ... tempting #laspalomassantafe #santafe #thesecretlivesofwhitecollarwives #tripoftruth ??scroll left / @ridge3213


The inn has no bar, but there's a grocery store nearby along with a few good liquor stores in town, so it's easy to pick up your own supplies and enjoy them in the sitting room of your casita, or out on one of the charming patio.


Getting Around

Although in a quiet residential neighborhood, Las Palomas is a short walk from the Plaza and many Downtown restaurants and galleries, and it's quite easy to stay here without a car. The hotel also provides complimentary shuttle service throughout Downtown, which is especially handy at night or during the colder months. However, a car is helpful if you're visiting some of the many attractions in the greater Santa Fe region, and parking is included in the $7.50 daily resort fee.


Grab a table out on the covered patio at Taco Fundación (4-minute walk) and tuck into a plate of Mexico–style street tacos. This cheap and simple spot offers a range of delicious fillings, from roasted pig with cilantro sauce to sweet potato with garlic kale and pine nuts. Known for its outstanding happy hour and having one of the most extensive lists of wines by the glass in Santa Fe, TerraCotta Wine Bistro (6-minute walk) is a convivial spot for lunch, dinner, or an afternoon snack. The food menu focuses on tapas-style shared plates, such as bruschetta topped with Brie and fig-port jam, and Southern-style fried chicken with grits and smoked bacon.


In a cozy old house on Guadalupe Street, Fire & Hops (4-minute walk) carries a fantastic selection of microbrews from both New Mexico and elsewhere around the country, and there's a menu of tasty gastropub fare, too. Adjoining the lobby of the historic Hotel St. Francis, Secreto Lounge (10-minute walk) serves exceptional craft cocktails, including an award-winning smoked-sage margarita.


Las Palomas balanced the professional service and helpful amenities of a luxury hotel with the intimate charm and individual furnishings of a stylish B&B. Set among several old buildings, each with its own personality, the inn is a short walk from the Plaza as well as the up-and-coming Railyard District. With a number of casitas and condo units that sleep from four to eight adults, it's also a terrific option for families and groups traveling together.


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Phones: 505-982–5560;877-982–5560

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